Wheat grass & Barley Grass

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Grass is the world's most ubiquitous vegetation. There are over 9,000 species of grasses. From the outback "down under" to the 1-inch arctic tundra, wherever there is sun, water, and soil, there is grass. All grasses begin as grains such as wheat, barley, oat, rye, and rice. Four of the world's top five crops are grasses. For centuries, farmers have noticed how livestock health improves when they feed on the young grasses of early spring.

In the 1970s, Dr. Ann Wigmore popularized the use of indoor grown, freshly squeezed grass juice to treat cancer patients who had been pronounced "incurable" after conventional medical treatment. Wigmore had saved her own gangrenous legs from amputation by using her grass treatments and eventually ran in the Boston marathon. Today, wheatgrass juice is available both as a dry powder and as freshly squeezed juice in juice bars and health food stores everywhere.

Health benefits

As a source of nourishment, grass is a complete food containing all known nutritional elements. People with wheat allergies, by the way, have nothing to fear from this wheat food. Although the grass is grown from grain, it metamorphoses completely into a vegetable with none of the allergic proteins common to glutenous grains. Grass is non-toxic in any dose, but you may react to the results of its detoxifying power. Grass is a powerful purgative for the liver, and too much can release too many poisons too quickly.

Wheatgrass also cleanses and heals the large intestine, another collection point of toxins in the body. But it is, perhaps, most famous as a blood purifier. Grass is one of the planet's best sources of high quality chlorophyll. Ultimately, all food on the planet, whether animal or vegetable, comes directly or indirectly from chlorophyll. Even more amazing is that this "blood of plants" is a chemical cousin to hemin. Hemin is a component of hemoglobin, the red, iron-rich, oxygen-carrying portion of human blood, Wheatgrass juice literally gives you a sunshine transfusion.

When you drink it, this enzyme-rich and metabolically active, fresh, living food transfers its high vibration into your system. A 1-ounce shot of this liquid chlorophyll leaves you with a "buzz." Eastern philosophy might say it raises your kundalini or chi, giving you a natural high. It is this energetic lift that enables grass to enhance your body's ability to heal.

Freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice is available at juice bars and health food stores. You can grow the grass at home and juice it yourself, but only certain machines will extract the liquid from its woody pulp. If you don't want to grow it yourself, you can purchase professionally grown grass, which makes it a lot easier. And if you do not want to buy a juicer, you're in luck, since you can buy it frozen, freeze-dried, or powdered in most health food stores.

Barley and wheat belong to the same family. As grain or grass, they are difficult to distinguish, and nutritionally they are also similar in many ways. Asians consume more barley than wheat. The Japanese medical doctor and researcher Yoshihide Hagiwara pioneered the use of barley grass and invested much of his profits in scientific research. Universities in Japan and the United States have researched the leaf extract from barley grass and discovered a broad range of chemicals that support the immune system, including antioxidants, cellular growth factors, antiinflammatory and anti-ulcer agents, and DNA repair factors. In one 1998 study, barley grass leaf extract dramatically restricted the growth of human prostate and breast cancer cells grown in tissue culture.

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By Steve Meyerowitz

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